Friday, May 13, 2016
Don't you just love new residents who move to the country for the first time? The other day I was explaining to someone what happened to their bird feeders.
“Nope, that damage to your feeder wasn't done by birds. You are actually feeding bears.”
Love the expression on their faces.
Bears will eat just about anything it seems. Bird seed is high in calories, a perfect food for a lean bear that just came out of hibernation.
Black bears aren't particularly dangerous, but you do need to know a few things about their habits. One important thing is that if they find a good food source, like a bird feeder, they will be back. Those folks are going to have to be extra careful not to leave food around for some time now. They should also put their garbage out just before the truck come by. No leaving it out overnight for bears to paw through the chicken wings and peanut butter jars.
They should also be careful not to accidentally bump into them in the dark when walking around their place. Use lights. Make noise. If they do come across a bear, they should give it some space. I for one am not about to fight a bear over some bird seed or garbage.
That bit about not coming between a mother bear and her cubs? Totally real. Don't do that.
Bird feeders are a really bad idea around here, especially this time of year.